Just a cough or Whooping Cough?

Just a cough or Whooping Cough?

When it comes to spotting the difference between “just a cough” and whooping cough, it may not be as easy.

  1. What is whooping cough?

Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is a highly contagious disease caused by bacteria that can be very serious in adults and potentially fatal in infants. At first, it can seem just like a regular cough or cold but the illness can get worse. It can include a persistent, hacking cough severe enough to cause vomiting and even break ribs. Whooping cough can last up to 3 months or more and some patients require hospitalization.

2. How contagious and common is whooping cough?

Whooping cough is highly contagious disease that can be spread through coughing or sneezing. It is estimated that there may be up to 600,000 cases of adult whooping cough in the US each year.

3. What can I do to protect myself?

Because whooping cough immunity can fade over time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a single dose of Tdap vaccine for people ages 11 to 64. Tdap is a tetanus and diphtheria (pertussis). So, in one step, you can get protection against all three diseases.

Do these initial symptoms mean whooping cough or ‘just a cough/cold’?


*Runny nose


*Mild cough

The answer can be both! At first glance, the difference may be hard to spot. Help protect yourself with Tdap.

You could be at risk for whooping cough (pertussis).

*Childhood vaccination may not protect you as an adult. Immunity can fade over time.

*Whooping cough is highly contagious.

*It is estimated that whooping cough affects up to 600,000 US adults each year.

*Symptoms can last up to 3 months or more with serious consequences for adults and infants.

Ask your doctor about whooping cough protection today.

Learn more at HelpPreventWhoopingCough.com.

*Brought to you as a public health service by GSK-GlaxoSmithKline.

Disclaimer: This information was from the GlaxoSmithKline pamphlet. Please call or email the company for more information.




About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Just a cough or Whooping Cough?

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call or email the above number for more information.

    Liked by 1 person

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